The Tastemakers

CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY | “The golden state of mind” describes Christopher Kennedy’s philosophy towards interior design — and life. Christopher creates interiors and products that are refreshingly exuberant. Combining Jet Set nostalgia with California modernism, Christopher’s work has been featured in Dwell, California Home + Design, Luxe, California Homes, Traditional Home, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous publications around the globe. From his base in Palm Springs, this prolific designer also creates an eponymous furniture line, candles, bedding, artwork for Wendover, and pottery for Habitudes. He is the author of two books: California Modern and Making Midcentury Modern.

KELLI ELLIS | Kelli Ellis, interior designer and lifelong traveler, represents the epitome of livable luxury, casual international style mixed with rock star glam. Her celebrity and discerning clientele benefit from her extensive world travels,adding dramatic artwork and unique accessories used to create havens. Her influences translate to her new furniture collection with Sunpan debuting Spring of 2018, her art collection with Leftbank Art, the luxe Kelli Ellis Collection for Tilebar, a linen collection with Instalinen debuting in 2018, her art glass line with Frates and her whimsy outdoor rug line for Jaipur Rugs International.

DAWN MCCOY | Dawn McCoy is a Tastemarker, actress, public speaker, writer, and host of “Dine & Dish with Dawn,” her celebrity interview show where food, wine and giving back are the focal points. Additionally, she’s a frequent guest on Dr.Oz, Hallmark Home & Family, Access Hollywood, Extra, The Real and more. A proponent of “doing good,” she was the official spokesperson & Global Ambassador for Good for Unite4Good in 2015, is currently an ambassador for No Kid Hungry and Dress For Success, and her #Dear15Me philanthropic social media movement was featured on The Real. She is the official ambassador for the City of Beverly Hills, and believes in supporting business and philanthropy in small American cities.

WENDY GLAISTER | Typically, the world of luxury interior design is associated with major urban centers and far off vacation destinations, but regional ASID President, interior designer and sought-after speaker, Wendy Glaister has thoughtfully carved her own niche and fostered a deep connection to California’s agriculturally rich Central Valley. Born and raised among sweeping farmlands and working ranches, Wendy understands families’ need for beautiful, quality design with practical functionality. Her design work is strikingly diverse, ranging from quintessential farmhouse to sleek contemporary honoring each client’s unique design aesthetic. Along with her many public and TV appearances, Wendy is a passionate champion to those suffering from domestic violence.

JUSTINE MACFEE | Justine Macfee is the Creative Director and Co-Principal of Catherine Macfee Interior Design, a full-service interior design firm in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, founded by her mother Catherine Macfee in 1989. Justine, growing up in the design business, has found her voice as a designer practicing timeless eclectic design and exploring the concepts of juxtaposing a minimalist-maximalist lifestyle.

Renowned for designing in luxury retreat destinations throughout California, Justine is known to bring a sharp eye for style, quality, and unflinching passion for adventure to every project. Justine developed her personal style to reflect a thoughtful balance of old and new, rough and smooth, tailored and found, while infusing colors and detailing directly inspired by nature and travel.

MAX HUMPHREY |Max Humphrey is a leading interior designer based in Portland, Oregon. His design aesthetic can be described as Modern Americana.

Originally from New Hampshire, Max went to college in Boston and moved to Los Angeles after graduating to work in the entertainment industry. Taking a unique turn he spent the next few years playing bass guitar in a punk rock band signed to a major record label. Years later he determined a career change was in order and spent the next 10 years designing homes and commercial spaces all over the USA. In 2016 he moved to Portland to launch his own design firm.

Current projects include homes in Portland, Bend, Los Angeles, and Boston. Commercial projects include a hard cider tasting room for a 250 acre apple farm, the headquarters for one of Oregon’s largest wineries, a mobile coffee shop built out of an Airstream trailer for a beverage conglomerate, model units for a Portland luxury condo, a hipster dentist office in LA, and a podcast studio for a leading digital media company in New York City.

Max was featured in Country Living magazine as one of the country’s 100 most creative people and in House Beautiful’s “Next Wave” column.

He believes style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

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